CIA Reviews | Glassdoor

CIA Reviews

8 reviews

Filter

Filter


2.0
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
CIA Director Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
0 Ratings

8 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Great benefits and people who are interesting (in 3 reviews)

  • great opportunities for travel; smart people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, work is sometimes tedious (in 3 reviews)

  • Access to classified information means personal life will be highly scrutinized (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Ops Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    International travel, impactful work, full time language training, quality co-workers

    Cons

    Personal restrictions for travel, lack of access to technology, slow bureaucratic administrative processes

    Advice to Management

    Continue protecting the United States national security while also attempting to bring the CIA culture into the 21st century.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great stepping stone, not good for long-term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great learning experience, exposure to different aspects of this world is very enlightening. The agency promotes training which is great.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, salary does not match duties and performance, hard to get past the red tape to take advantage of the different opportunities. Management lacks consistency is the guidance they give personnel on career development.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure how promotion panels are conducted, utilize individuals' talents, acknowledge and compensate personnel for their hard work, innovative ideas and contribution to the mission.


  3. Helpful (14)

    "Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA

    Pros

    --Job security, especially in an uncertain economy
    --Great benefits, including pension with employer contributions
    --Good work/life balance
    --Opportunities to do different jobs and kinds of work, including living and working overseas
    --Training and travel opportunities
    --Well-educated and smart colleagues

    Cons

    --Mediocre and unprofessional management
    --Bureaucratic mindset among analysts and managers
    --Obsession with "chasing the news" and little focus on real analysis
    --Satisfied with mediocre written products
    --Closed-minded and unwilling to consider new and different ideas
    --A good ten years behind the times in utilizing new technologies and processes for the general workforce

    Advice to Management

    --Stop rewarding and promoting managers who only care about looking good to their seniors and reward and promote managers who strive to develop their analysts
    --Train analysts to be generalists first and specialists second; too many analysts are so focused on the trees that they don't see the forest, which probably will result in another big intelligence failure


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (22)

    "A fun place to be, but don't make it a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Absolutely a sense of mission with some really motivated people. Some very cool jobs available. You feel your job is very important, and that you're really doing something that matters. Absolutely no chance of getting fired unless you do something horrible like racially or sexually harass someone. If you want a 30-year employers with many different types of jobs, CIA is great.

    Cons

    Many levels of management are almost uniformly awful. All levels of employees are constantly sent to BS training courses. Managers seem to spend half their time in management training courses which are clearly counter productive. Bureaucracy as expected of any federal government agency.

    The absolute worst thing for me was that the best and the worst employees were treated exactly the same in many cases. Same salary, same job titles, same seniority. Need a way to weed out horrible employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to WEED OUT bad managers (and bad employees). Since nobody is ever, EVER fired, it seems as if the employees who suck at their jobs become managers. Upper management in my experience was mostly professional and competent. Team level and middle managers were very mixed--some good, some REALLY bad. Management is not the place for passive aggressive introverts with poor people skills.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "It's OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CIA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool people, cool work, very interesting topics of work. Great mission.

    Cons

    Never get promoted (You had better LOVE the mission)

    Advice to Management

    Consider your technically trained, and cyber cadres - you had better start promoting them faster, or you will lose EVERYBODY to private sector. Oh wait, you already have!!!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Jaded and Burnt Out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission tackling the most pressing national security challenges. Great training and ability to manage early and often in your career if that is what you want.

    Cons

    Terrible management, completely drowning in bureaucratic red-tape to the detriment to the mission. Too many egos and one giant popularity contest.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the good 'ol boys club who protect each other and continue to act unethically to the detriment of the mission and the workforce.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Wonderful, if you like strange bedfellows"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great skim of money possibilities.

    Cons

    Narcotics trafficking....Hidden agendas, restrictive management


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Intel-Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -prestige
    -security clearance
    -making a difference in the world

    Cons

    -low salary
    -can't talk about work much

    Advice to Management

    no comment


Showing 8 of 64 reviews
Reset Filters